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FAQs : Application

1.1 What can I do to make my application more likely to succeed?
Please take the time to complete your application fully and write clearly. Do not send your application until you have gathered all of the required documentation together. If you send us incomplete information we will not be able to process your application and there will be significant delays. Please contact us at international@ncirl.ie before you send your application if you are having difficulties with the application procedure.

1.2 How long will it take to process my application?
The Admissions Office will be in contact with you within 5 working days for undergraduate courses or 10 working days for postgraduate courses of receiving your application. It is important that you supply us with an e-mail address in order to ensure that we can communicate with you as quickly as possible regarding the status of your application.

1.3 When do I apply for an Irish study visa and what do I need?
It is advisable to start the application and visa process at least 6 months prior to your course commencement date.  If your application to NCI has been successful you will receive an Initial Offer letter from National College of Ireland. When your fees have been paid in full NCI will supply you with a Final Offer letter. When you have received this letter you will be able to apply for your study visa.

Please note that in some Provinces in PR China it may not be necessary to pay your fees until after you have been issued with a study visa in principal.  Please contact the Irish Visa Office in Beijing for more information about this.

1.4 When should I apply?
As a general rule we would suggest that you apply for your course at least six months before the date you are expected to arrive at National College of Ireland.

1.5 What is the deadline for completing the registration at NCI?
We don’t have a deadline for students based in Ireland or who don’t need a visa to enter Ireland. 
However, classes are small and courses tend to fill up pretty quickly after June. So, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible

1.6 I am from a non EU country and require a student visa but I have been residing in Ireland for 3 or more of the last 5 years do I pay non EU fees?
Applicants who have been resident in Ireland on a student visa do not qualify for this initiative.

1.7 What standard of English do I need?
English language entry level requirements for National College of Ireland are available at English languages requirements.

1.8 Will I need to be interviewed for a place?
Not always. But some course directors may require an interview for their programme. If it is required, you will be notified by the admissions team.

1.9 What courses can I choose?
Providing that you meet the necessary entry requirements you can apply for any of the full-time courses that are offered by NCI. Our course list.

1.10 Can I study part time?
No. Under Irish Government regulations, as an International student you can only study on a full-time basis. This means that you must complete a minimum of 15 hours scheduled contact time per week in order to be eligible to apply for a student visa. Please see the following Department of Justice web site for more information.

1.11 How do I apply for a study visa for Ireland?
Applications for Irish study visas are made through the Irish Embassy or Consulate in your country of permanent residence. Information can be obtained from http://www.justice.ie/

1.12 How can I apply?
Please fill in the application form here and email to admissions@ncirl.ie or post it to Admissions Office, National College of Ireland, PO Box 12174, Dublin 1 Ireland.

1.13 How are courses taught?
At NCI lectures and classes are taught through English. Depending on the subject, classes may be taught by a combination of lectures / seminars and practical / laboratory sessions. Assessment of students' work may include written assignments, seminar presentations and examinations. The number of class hours varies between each programme.


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